Khmeropédies III / Source: Primate 

Based on the richness in strength and experience of classical Cambodian training, Khmeropédies III/Source: Primate investigates an extension from classical arts into the realm of nature. The dance vignettes or scenes are derived or inspired by the very nature of different species of monkeys and primates. These inspirations may take the form of physical movements, behavioral gestures or even social and cultural formations of various primates that we appreciate as dance. This work benefited from the scientific expertise of Professor Eric Sargis of Yale University.
Made possible with funds from Un Monde par Tous and Fondation La Ferthé, Khmeropédies III premiered in New York in 2013, part of Season of Cambodia and Works and Process at the Guggenheim.
Choreography and direction: Emmanuele Phuon
Dramaturgy: Lim How Ngean
Scientific advisor: Eric Sargis
Dancers: Chey Rithea, Chy Ratana, Khiev Sovannarith, Khon Chan Sithyka, Khon Chansina, Nget Rady, Noun Sovitou, Phon Sopheap.

Certain athletic passages are breathtaking. Men spring high from crouched positions, never straightening limbs as in ballet but still effortlessly soaring and turning in midair.

All photos Yi-Chun Wu, courtesy The Esplanade